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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

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  • Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
What to Expect

Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history.

Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events.

Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers.

Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.

Reviews (556)
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Dark side Edinburgh tour

Mary was our guide in this tour. We really enjoyed the histories about the other part of Edinburgh, which seems to be a quite superstitious city. The witches hunting, the diseases, the thefts of corpses. Very interesting tour to take the most of the late...More

1  Thank rosauragonzalez
Reviewed yesterday

We had Jay as our tour guide who was very informative and enthusiastic telling us plenty of stories and facts about Edinburgh. We took a long walk up to Calton Hill which we got to see Arthurs Seat and Nelsons Monument which was really cool....More

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Francesca D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Didn’t hold our attention

We were excited to do this tour having only one night in Edinburgh but our family of four only lasted about 45 mins. The guide was nice but spent so much time telling us that the stories he was telling were probably not true anyway...More

1  Thank HelenaAW
Reviewed 4 days ago
Worth it!

Took the tour with James. Was a really great way to spend an evening in Edinburgh, especially if you’re looking for a way to see more of the city. Definitely saw some impressive night time sites that I wouldn’t be brave enough to explore on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BecL05
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
A spooky evening

The walking tour went on for two hours and brought us around the hidden spooky spots of Edinburgh. The tour was one of the highlights of our trip as it was a unique way of seeing he city. Our tour guide ‘Australian David’ made the...More

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9 January 2019|
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Response from john3136 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't go into the vaults.
lottie d
28 December 2018|
Response from colombiantrotter | Reviewed this property |
Around 2 hours. May be faster if it rains and it is too cold
19 December 2018|
Response from Brads225 | Reviewed this property |
It's interesting fro all ages & includes a vault, yes. Going into the church yard, there's a vault with a gate on, you can view, but going down into a vault near to a bridge is interesting!!